Guide to Helping Feral Cats

Cat Action Trust 1977 was founded to help feral cats and kittens. We are a Registered Charity run entirely by volunteers and we are wholeheartedly opposed to killing for convenience. Our policy of homing kittens and tame cats, and neutering adult cats (which are then returned to their site where it is safe for them to do so), is successful because it is humane, cost-effective and has long-lasting results.

Did you know?

One un-speyed abandoned cat can be responsible for a colony of 20-30 feral cats in just one year.

It is a myth that feral cats can take care of themselves. Although they are natural hunters, feral cars rely on humans to supply food, shelter and the neutering service, just like their domestic relatives. Cats which scrounge a meagre existence from hunting and scavenging will be undernourished and sickly, but they will still breed and, in spite of high kitten mortality, the colony will continue to grow. Back to top

Feeding Feral Cats

Feral cats need at least one good meal every day in order to remain healthy. This also applies to so-called ‘working’ cats kept on farms and on factories, hospitals, etc, to catch rats and mice. Most feral cats living in gardens have one or two committed feeders and may also receive scraps from people who prefer to put out their left-over food for them rather than waste it. Fresh water must always be available, and cats will need more water available if they are fed mainly on a dried food diet.

WARNING – ensure you remove all bones from any food scraps you leave for feral cats, as these can become lodged in the throat or mouth and can cause a painful, prolonged death. Back to top

Providing shelter for feral cats

Cats which are forced to huddle together in damp, draughty corners of garages and sheds are prone to colds, cat ‘flu, eye and lung infections, all of which may lead to severe, prolonged physical damage and death. Cat Action Trust 1977 has a simple and effective solution to this problem – the IGLOO. The igloo is easily made up from two polystyrene fish boxes and provides ideal cat shelter all year round. Simply tape the two boxes together, cutting an entry hole just large enough for the cats to get access to the box. Make sure to use thick tape (such as duct tape) to ensure there are no draughts at the join. Then simply add some newspaper to line the bottom of the box and some blankets to keep the cats warm. Place the igloo in a safe, sheltered spot on top of two bricks and secure. Newspapers and blankets should be changed regularly as they will get dirty and damp from muddy paws!! Back to top

Seeking help for feral cats

CAT 1977 provides assistance to people in and around Ayrshire who need help trapping and neutering feral colonies in their area. Remember – feral cats did not choose to be abandoned. Lack of human care resulted in their situaiton – and human care can remedy it.

Please seek help for feral cats in your area. Cat Action Trust 1977 Ayrshire Branch provides help for feral cats in Ayrshire and the surrounding area. See our contact page for more information. Back to top